Diabetes and Digestion
Our bodies are designed to efficiently digest food and harvest energy. But what happens when this process goes awry? Researchers are racing to better understand disorders of the digestive system and develop new ways to prevent and treat diabetes.
Hard copies of the Breakthroughs in Bioscience and Horizons in Bioscience series are available upon request. Please include the desired article, quantity and purpose for the publication's use with your inquiry.
The Human Microbiome: Your Own Personal Ecosystem
Posted on: March 24, 2015
The Human Microbiome: Your Own Personal Ecosystem - For more than three hundred years, scientists have observed, identified, and implicated individual microorganisms in specific diseases. More recently, with a convergence of scientific disciplines, an explosion in technical capabilities and revolutionary new ways of thinking, we are exploring the organisms with which we share our bodies. The effects of these organisms—our microbiome—on our health are only just being recognized. Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:
New Weapons to Combat an Ancient Disease: Treating Diabetes
Posted on: January 15, 2002
New Weapons to Combat an Ancient Disease: Treating Diabetes - The discovery that insulin could be used to treat diabetes was made using dogs as models for what was, at that time, a fatal condition. Mouse models are currently being used in the ongoing effort to understand and treat type II diabetes. Read more...
Helicobacter pylori and Ulcers: A Paradigm Revised
Posted on: January 15, 2000
Helicobacter pylori and Ulcers: A Paradigm Revised - While investigating the relationship between the bacteria H. pylori and stomach ulcers, researchers were able to create mouse models of related gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s syndrome. These models offer a way for scientists and physicians to test potential new treatments, as well as assisting them in understanding the underlying biology of these devastating illnesses. Read more...